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Applied Nuclear Physics: Course Outline

This course explores elements of nuclear physics for engineering students

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Course Outline

  • Radiation sources: Units and definitions.
  • Fast electron sources.
  • Heavy charged particle sources.
  • Sources of EM radiation and neutron sources.
  • Radiation interaction: Interaction of heavy charged particles.
  • Interaction of fast electrons.
  • Interaction of gamma rays.
  • Interaction of neutrons.
  • Radiation exposure and dose.
  • Counting statistics and error prediction: Characterization of data.
  • Statistical models.
  • Application of statistical models.
  • Error propagation.
  • Optimization of counting experiments.
  • Limits of detest ability, and Distribution of time intervals.
  • General properties of radiation detectors: Simplified detector model.
  • Modes of detector operation.
  • Pulse height Spectra.
  • Counting curves and plateaus.
  • Energy resolution, Detection efficiency.
  • Dead time. Ionization chambers: The ionization process in gases.
  • Charge migration and collections.
  • Design and operation of DC ion chambers.
  • Radiation dose measurement with ion chambers.
  • Application of DC ion chambers.
  • Radiation dose measurement with ion chambers.
  • Applications of DC ion chambers.
  • Pulse mode operation.